A Time to Remember

They called it the vacation of a lifetime.  I (Charnell) agree.

In 2001, my three oldest grandchildren – teens Holly, Josh and Allie – joined me for ten magical days exploring Quincy Tahoma’s old stomping grounds in New Mexico and Arizona.  None of the teens had ever been that far west before, so we saw the normal sites that tourists enjoy – the Albuquerque Indian Pueblo Cultural Center , Acoma, Sky City, and the Painted Desert.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque

Allie, Holly and Josh with Pueblo Indians after the dance program at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Acoma Pueblo, Sky City

Acoma reflections

Painted Desert, Arizona

Holly and Josh soaking up the colors of the Painted Desert

And, of course, the Grand Canyon.

Charnell's grandchildren at Grand Canyon

The teens at the Grand Canyon

We hiked up, up, up to see remnants of a volcano and we identified constellations in Sedona’s clear night skies.  But we also “worked”.

The three wanted to see local Tahoma paintings, so we linked up with Ray Dewey at what was then his Santa Fe gallery.

Ray Dewey and the kiddos having a little fun at his gallery

While there, the trio studied Tahoma paintings and soaked up Ray’s perspective on Indian art.

Tahoma "Fire Dancer" at Ray's Gallery in Santa Fe

In front of "Fire Dancer" by Tahoma at Ray's gallery

Breakfast at the Range Cafe in Bernallilo

Holly and Allie about to dig into their breakfast feast

In Bernalillo, our day started with The Range Café’s mouth-watering breakfast (worth the trip in itself!),

followed by a visit next door to Rose’s Pottery House to view many more Tahoma paintings.

Since that was our last day in New Mexico, each teen selected one item as a remembrance of our ten days exploring the Southwest.

Grandchildren at Rose's Pottery Shop

The shoppers with Rose

Grandson Josh, then 16, selected a Tahoma print from Rose Silva’s shop.  Now, ten years later, it hangs in a place of honor in his apartment.

Holly, Josh and Allie – now young adults – still cherish memories of that trip to Tahoma’s land and my youngest three grandchildren are wondering when I’m going to take them!

All photos by Charnell Havens, except Acoma Reflections, which was taken by Vera Marie Badertscher.  Have you taken a trip through Navajo and Pueblo country in Arizona and New Mexico?  Share your experiences, we’d love to hear about them.

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